Envisioning an ideal home usually
includes the ultimate gourmet kitchen! Most of us fantasize of a spacious
kitchenette that is perfect for entertaining with unlimited counter space, and
the storage capacity that makes for easy organization. Unfortunately, for many
of us, a gourmet kitchen is not our reality but that doesn’t mean that one
cannot enjoy a small kitchen especially if the space is cleverly utilized
following these eight tips.
1. Have Everything to Scale
This is not the time to invest in
that massive double door refrigerator or that six-burner stove top. Everything
from toaster ovens to sinks must be at the appropriate scale to your kitchen
size. Fortunately, they are plenty appliances available that may be small in
size but not small in performance.
2. Open Concept
Regardless of your design preference,
whether its rustic, modern, or you’re rocking your best country kitchen
you can never go wrong with having an open concept. Not only does it look
great, but it offers a very practical solution to having a small space. It
opens up an area and makes it less claustrophobic. Even if you cannot remove a
whole wall or widen an entryway, just simply detaching a door can really
contribute in making a space appear larger.
3. Less Is More
When it comes to small spaces, minimalism is essential. Since storage space is sparse, you
should only have in your kitchen items that are used regularly and that are
functional. This is not to say you can’t have things that you absolutely love
but try to find a happy medium. The last thing you need is vital space being
used for nonessential appliances and other items.
4. Get Rid Of The Clutter
In keeping in line with less is more,
when having a small kitchen or any space in general, the rule applies: ‘Everything must have a place and every place must have a thing.’
Small kitchens get untidy very easily so having everything organized and put
away in its proper place is a must! Nothing makes a tiny kitchen look even
smaller than cluttered countertops.
5. Use Practical Additions
Useful additions like a pullout
pantry or a butcher’s block table are invaluable when needing more space. A
pullout pantry can fit into constricted vertical areas and pull out (hence its
name) easily for accessibility. A butcher’s block table can also fit into
limited spaces and can act as an island. Some of them come with wheels so you
can place them anywhere you need it. It can also provide an additional work top
space along with a place to store items.
6. Ditch The Dining Set
Sometimes a kitchen is too small to
have a dining area. Have no fear, breakfast bars are here! Invest in a couple
of barstools and voilà,you’re in business. A breakfast bar goes hand and hand
with tiny kitchens. Who needs a dining table and chairs when you and your
guests already have a place to gather together and enjoy a meal!
7. Install Floating Shelves
Cabinets are bulky and can make a
small kitchen look too closed in. Installing just a couple of floating shelves
open things up and makes an area look larger without sacrificing storage space.
Regardless of your personal decorating inspirations, they fit in well with any
style. Since items will be exposed, make sure that everything is organized and
is neat. As stated earlier, clutter is a small space nemesis.
8. Hanging Pots and Pans
You can either install a ceiling
mounted rack or you can mount a rail on your wall for your hanging pots and
pans and additional cooking tools. It is a great way to utilize every part of
your kitchen for space as well as adding an attention-grabbing flair to your
décor inspirations. It also makes what you need effortlessly reachable.
These suggestions only scratch the
surface of the many options out there that can help use your restricted kitchen
space to the full. If you are struggling with how to execute any ideas and if
you can afford it, bringing in a professional can do wonders. A kitchen
designer is skilled at making the most out of every space. He or she can turn
your small cramped kitchen into a spacious looking efficient area that you can
be proud of!
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